He loomed large over the Rocky Point Park midway for about 21-years. A gap-toothed bumpkin from who knew where. Smiling at golfers beneath him, seemingly awaiting his turn at a tee with his 10-foot long club: a driver. Some called him Alfred E. Newman of Mad magazine fame. Others referred to him as Mortimer Snerd,… Continue reading Rocky Point’s Big Man On Midway
For those of us Rhode Islanders with children, a parental rite of passage is/was/will be a trip to Storyland in Glen, New Hampshire. My wife and I made the passage with our son in 1988. But when I was growing up in the 1960s, my parents had a shorter journey – to Storyland in Hyannis… Continue reading Once upon a time in Cape Cod
Once the home to the Flume, the Corkscrew, the Cyclone, the Freefall and an assortment of other thrilling attractions, Warwick, Rhode Island’s Rocky Point State Park is now a serene 120 acres of spectacular coastal retreat. Seems everywhere you point a camera or a phone, you’ll capture an awesome photo. You won’t catch a… Continue reading A Rocky Point Of View
Between the modifications that Intamin made to the ride while it was at Marriot’s Great America, and the additional safety retrofits Rocky Point Park added in 1988, chances of a major accident on the Freefall were slim to none. The Freefall retained its popularity into the 1990s, and no matter where you were at Rocky… Continue reading Falling for the Rocky Point Park Freefall (Part II)
Back in the early 1980s, a Freefall drop tower ride could only be found in theme parks with towering presences, such as Six Flags Magic Mountain, Marriot’s Great America, and Six Flags Over Texas. It was given names such as Demon Drop, Texas Cliffhanger, Drop of Doom, and Stuntman’s Free Fall. Yet, somehow, in 1988,… Continue reading Falling for the Rocky Point Park Freefall!
Trying to find documentation about Rocky Point’s midway carousel is like riding it — round and round you go until you end up at the same place you started! Let’s begin with the year it was built: some say 1910, others say 1915, and a few say 1917. So, let’s look at the facts: Rocky… Continue reading Rocky Point’s Animal Attraction
It’s clear from my blog posts that I’m a huge fan/historian of amusement parks. So it stands to reason that I visited SeaWorld and Fun Spot America Orlando during my recent Florida visit. And by now, you’re certainly aware that I’m a strong advocate for Rocky Point State Park, here in Rhode Island. … Continue reading A Florida park that fills the bill!